Wednesday, October 17, 2018

X-Rays: Knowing, NOT Guessing!

In most areas of health care, like dentistry or orthopedics, x-rays are common, routine and usually performed without any doubts or questions. Patients understand that x-rays are an integral part of diagnosing a problem and that without them the dentist or orthopedic surgeon would essentially be guessing and this would lead to the quality and safety of the procedure being compromised. However, when it comes to chiropractic, the use of x-rays has somehow become debatable. In fact, there are many chiropractors that don’t take x-rays as a standard practice. When a patient enters our office and discovers that x-rays are a standard practice for all cases, they might naturally have a few questions.

For the most part, the questions raised by patients are out of a fear of receiving too much radiation and increasing their health risks. It makes since to have this type of concern, we know that excessive exposure to ionizing radiation, like x-rays, can increase the risk of cancer. However, when patients understand the actual dosage they are receiving along with the clinical need for x-rays, their concerns are quickly dispelled. X-rays are another form of radiant energy similar to light or radio waves, however x-rays have the ability to penetrate through the body. They are actually all around us in the form of background radiation that naturally occurs in nature. This is found most commonly from Radon we eat, drink, or breathe but also from radiation in the soil/rocks. So, we are almost constantly exposed to x-rays at some level. 

When you take your car to the dealership, do they start swapping parts for new ones or is your vehicle diagnosed and then the problem corrected? One of the most important elements of chiropractic care is diagnostic.  Chiropractors rely on a variety of diagnostic techniques in order to fully understand what is occurring in the patient’s musculoskeletal system, and how a given treatment intervention could bring positive results. An X-ray can show a chiropractor exactly what is happening in the body in terms of alignment and structure. The X-ray conveys some other information too, such as the presence of scar tissue or arthritis in a given area, both occurrences that need to be considered when forming some sort of treatment pathway.

So, why do we need an x-ray of your spine? Much of the reason comes from how we analyze the spine and the fact that we want to know as much as possible about it before we begin to make specific corrections to it. As Chiropractors x-rays help us in ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to your condition. You might be surprised how many secondary issues we have uncovered unrelated to a patient’s primary complaint, simply because we took x-rays. Just as an orthopedic surgeon or dentist needs x-rays in order to perform his or her job and provide the highest quality of care to the patient, so do chiropractic doctors. We would rather know than guess.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Wise Chiropractic Supports Youth Sports

Wise Chiropractic is committed to supporting local youth sports programs and activities in Mount Dora and the surrounding communities. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Is your Phone Causing the Pain in your Neck?

We can all agree that technology continues to change the way we live. Since 2010 smartphone use has risen from 23 to 84 percent [1]. Surveys show that American check their phone appropriately 86 times a day [2]. That is a lot of screen time! This excessive phone use causes strain the cervical spine.

Majority of our lives are spent in an anterior position causing us to become hunched. More and more people are suffering from “Text Neck.” Text neck is when there is inflammation and tension in the cervical spine due to looking down for prolong periods.

We have grown accustomed to our devices so there is no way to shut down all technology. There are some habits we can change to improve our spinal health:

  • Change the way your looking at your device - raise your monitor in the office. bring the phone/tablet up to eye level. Be sure your head is not being pulled forward.
  • Take regular breaks - You deserve them! While resting your eyes, stretch. 
  • Turn it OFF - No, not all the time. Start a “no phone during dinner” policy. You’ll enjoy dinner even more without the distraction. 
  • Be AWARE - avoid prolong periods of forward head posture. 

If you are suffering from Text Neck Chiropractic can help! Depending on your circumstances we will recommended exercises and stretches in addition to Chiropractic adjustments that can improve your range of motion and your ability to function. Don’t wait any longer! Let Wise Chiropractic help you. Give us a call today (352) 729 - 5105


Monday, June 11, 2018

Peanut Butter and Jelly Time

I subscribe to a great newsletter called Mount Dora Buzz. It is full of great information about what is happening in the community. The latest issue had a story about a Peanut Butter and Jelly contest.  Mount Dora Buzz is the official sponsor of this event and you can read more about it here. This peaked my interest because I love peanut butter and jelly! I could out eat anyone when it comes to peanut butter and jelly. Game on!

As I read further into the article, I quickly realized that there would be no sandwich eating contest Secretly, I am happy that I won't need to loosen up the waistband in my pants. Instead, it is a donation based challenge similar to a food drive.

Lake County has an annual PB&J. Challenge. It is a way for businesses and residents to help feed children during the summer break. The children are underprivileged and may not be eating regular meals when school is not in session.  Donations of unopened jars of peanut butter and jelly are purchased and donated to Lake Cares Food Pantry. They in turn will distribute the donations throughout Lake County so that the children can be fed.

What an excellent opportunity for our community to come together and assist in a great cause. Wise Chiropractic will definitely be participating in this PB&J drive!! We encourage our patients, friends and family to drop off unopened jars of peanut butter and jelly to the office. Donations will be accepted until August 1.

Look for updates and reminders on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

We will be challenging some of our fellow doctors to step up to the challenge. Hmmm.....who will it be?? Stay tuned for that announcement!  In the meantime, pick up an extra jar of peanut butter and/or jelly on your next shopping trip to drop off at the office.

P.S. here is a little song to sing while you shop LOL!

~ Leslie

Friday, June 1, 2018

Quick and Tasty Chick Pea Salad

Who wants to cook when it is hot outside? Not me! I would rather throw together lite salads and sandwiches. I found a few recipes on Facebook, tested them out and want to share one of my favorites with you,
Chickpea Salad Wrap.

For this recipe you will need a strainer, cutting board, potato masher, measuring spoons and knives.
The ingredient s are as follows:

1 15 ounce chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced bell pepper (any color)
1/2 carrot finely diced
1 celery stalk finely diced
3-4 tablespoonfuls of mayonnaise (your favorite brand)
salt and pepper to taste
lettuce and tomato for garnish
1 package of wraps (your favorite brand)

1. In a medium mixing bowl, mash 1/4 of the chickpeas to a chunky texture.
2. Add the remaining chickpeas, chopped onion, peppers, carrot, mayonnaise and seasonings. Stir until well combined.
3. To assemble wrap. spread chickpea salad onto wrap. Garnish with lettuce and tomato. Roll and enjoy!
4. If wraps aren't your thing, the salad is great as is, on a bed of lettuce and tomato or toss in some cooled pasta.

Leftover salad can be stored in refrigerator for 5 days. Personally, I never have any in my refrigerator that long. I like to take it for lunch as well!

Enjoy and remember to "Eat Wise".

~ Leslie

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Homemade Healthy Bread

We make our very own homemade bread and you can do it too! It is so simple and cost effective. With only five ingredients in the recipe, it's also way cheaper than buying a loaf of bread at the grocery store! 

Here is a link to the bread maker we use - 

Gabi at Wise Chiropractic is the bread expert! If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask her when you're at your next appointment or feel free to comment below! :)


  • Organic All Purpose Flour - unbleached
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Raw Honey
  • Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  • Instant Dry Yeast
Wet Ingredients
1.5 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons of honey

Dry Ingredients
4 cups of sifted organic flour
1.5 teaspoons of sea salt
2.5 teaspoons of yeast


  1. Mix wet ingredients in your bread maker bread pan
  2. Sift the flour with sea salt into bread pan
  3. Add the yeast
  4. Turn Bread maker on "basic" 
  5. Select crust color
  6. Press start!

Hope everyone ENJOYS!! Let us know how your loaf turns out :)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Healthy "Fat Bombs"

Our bodies need healthy fats and what better way to get them by eating a healthy version of a Reese's cup?! This is one of my new favorite recipes and I keep these chocolate fat bombs in my freezer at ALL TIMES! I can't live without them! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)

I like to make a lot at one time, this recipe yields about 50 small cups. You can split the recipe in half to make less but I suggest making them all at once, they store in the freezer well!

I got my small paper cups off of amazon; you can also buy them at the grocery store in the baking aisle.
Link to mine -

  • 1 cup of almond butter (or peanut butter; almond butter is the healthier choice)
  • 1 cup or coconut oil (make sure you use unrefined coconut oil) 
  • 6 tablespoons of cacao powder (or cocoa powder - I like to use Cacao because it's healthier)
  • 5 drops of chocolate stevia or stevia of you choice
  • pinch of salt
  1. Add all ingredients to bowl
  2. Mix ingredients all together until a liquid consistency
  3. Line plate with small candy cup liners; or use silicone molds
  4. Pour mixture into cups
  5. Freeze for about 15 minutes
  6. Store in freezer ziploc bag
  7. ENJOY!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about them! :) 
- Holly, Wise Chiropractic

Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter Eggs!

It's Easter Weekend and we all know what that means...EASTER EGGS! Making beautiful and colorful Easter eggs is a very fun activity for families to do together! Not to mention it is a delicious and healthy snack to eat afterwards!

Need some help this Easter creating the perfect Easter Egg? 

Here's how to dye your Easter Eggs the ALL-NATURAL WAY

How to Make Blue

1 pound frozen blueberries (about 3½ cups)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. On the stovetop, bring frozen blueberries and water to a boil in a pot. Boil for 5 minutes.
2. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl, straining out the blueberries with a strainer.
3. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

How to Make Yellow

2 tablespoons turmeric
2 cups water
1 tablespoon vinegar

1. On the stovetop, bring turmeric and water to a boil in a pot. Boil for 5 minutes.
2. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl.
3. Stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar.

How to Make Orange

2 tablespoons paprika
2 cups water
1 tablespoon vinegar

1. On the stovetop, bring paprika and water to a boil in a pot. Boil for 5 minutes.
2. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl.
3. Stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life, love, and joy! Have a blessed Day!

-Wise Chiropractic


Friday, February 2, 2018

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks


Who’s excited for the SUPER BOWL?! It’s right around the corner and I’m already dreaming of the yummy snacks that comes along with it!! Here are a few of my favorite healthy recipes that help me stay on track throughout the game!

Baked Sweet Potato Chips
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of Cumin
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Coarse salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees. toss sweet potato slices with olive oil and season with cumin, paprika, and salt. Lay out in single layers and bake, flipping halfway, until crisp and golden (20 to 25 minutes)
Zucchini Fries
  • 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.




I have my favorite delicious, yet healthy dessert planned out, I just hope I can resist to not eat them all before the party!
No Bake Brownie Bites

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups of pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Place 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add the cacao powder and sea salt and pulse to combine. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor or blender spout.
  5. Process until a dough consistency is achieved
  6. Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined 8x8 dish
  7. Lift parchment paper to remove brownies from dish and use hands to slightly squeeze in the sides to create a smaller square - this will make the brownies slightly thicker and more dense.
  8. Transfer back to dish and place in freezer or fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 12 even squares
  9. Feel free to add frosting or powdered sugar to top!
  10. Store brownies in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature, or in the freezer for at least 1 month!
  11. ENJOY!!


After all, the Super Bowl is all about football, commercials, and most importantly, YUMMY SNACKS. Who are you rooting for?! We hope your team WINS!

Comment below if you try a recipe out and let us know what you think! J